Daimler moves from the fuel cell cars from the defensive into the attack mode and brings the first hydrogen car to the already successful Mercedes GLC in series. He should be offered from the fourth quarter of this year.
Daimler is one of the first volume manufacturers, who has been intensively involved in electric cars for three decades with hydrogen as an energy carrier. Numerous trial barmers named Necar were built in the form of small transporters, A and B classes as well as buses, but it was not enough for serial maturity. After a roughly landscaped marketing tour around the world for the hydrogen-powered Mercedes B-Class, the series approach for 2012/2013 was exploited and shortly afterwards shifted indefinitely.
Some cells are already on the market
The Lucke Filled Asian Manufacturers. Honda brought his FCX Clarity in a small series in 2007, Hyundai moved to the IX35 FCEV in 2013 and Toyota came out in 2015 with the hydrogen-powered Mirai. Young, Hyundai already presented the second generation of a SUV with fuel cell with the NEXO as the IX35 successor. Daimler, in the meantime, only used forapplied hydrogen cooperation with Ford and Nissan.
There are for professor Christian Mohrdieck, head of the fuel cell system at Daimler the advantages obvious: "zero emissions, high ranges and short refueling times as well as a wide range of applications from car to buses and commercial vehicles."
Despite the discouraging sales figures of the competition, Daimler now brings its first hydrogen car into series, with internal combustion engines Mercedes GLC. He should be offered from the fourth quarter of this year. Christian Mohrdieck, Head of the Fuel Cell at Daimler, explains one of the development goals, the coarse series compatibility: "The fuel cell has the same admission points as the burner and so we have a similar crash behavior and can produce the car normal in the GLC plant Bremen."
In it, the hydrogen from the bottles and oxygen from the air becomes water, the resulting electrical energy drives the electric motor on the rear axle. He provides 147 kW / 200 hp and offers a maximum torque of 350 nm, which can be retrieved in contrast to the burner already from the stand.